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Japanese developer Atlus presented a 30 hour stream this week for all things Persona related – and at the end of it all they were kind enough to broadcast a new trailer for Persona 5 – and it’s f***ing glorious!

Early contender for Game Of The Year based purely on a trailer? Almost certainly!

In Other (Non-Persona 5 Related) News

A brand new, faster iteration of the Raspberry Pi micro-computer has been released by the Upton Foundation. The Pi 2 Model B is the same size as existing models (which are roughly the size of a credit card) but now features a quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM, and will be on sale for £22.85 before VAT…which is quite astonishing value. Eben Upton, the founder of the Raspberry Pi, has praised the latest version:

“This is really a PC now…you can do most of the things with this that you can do with a PC. You can surf the web, you can watch videos, you can play games like Minecraft. But we also bundle it with the tools that children need in order to learn how to program.”

The foundation has sold over 4.5 million units in total since launch, and the Raspberry Pi is set to overtake the Sinclair Spectrum as the best-selling British computer of all time.

Because most of the hardware is the same as old models, it means the guides for coding don't need to be rewritten - clever stuff
Because most of the hardware is the same as old models, it means the educational guides for coding the Pi don’t need to be rewritten – clever stuff

Bioware’s fantasy RPG Dragon Age: Inquistion has scooped up the award for AIAS Game Of The Year at the 18th annual D.I.C.E awards, beating Destiny, Hearthstone, Far Cry 4 and Middle Earth: Shadow Of Mordor for the top gong – but it was the latter that stole the show, taking home eight of the nine awards it was nominated for including Game Direction, Animation & Innovation.

Destiny won four awards including Music & Sound, while LittleBigPlanet 3 was awarded Best Family Game.

Activision Blizzard, never a company to act humble when the opportunity to be brash is available, have used the release of its annual earnings figures to boast of the user base of its titles – most notably, over 25 million people have signed up to play the card-based combat title Hearthstone with 16 million people registered to play Destiny – although as eagle eyed analysts have noted, this is NOT an indication of actual sales figures.

Activision Blizzard’s revenues for 2014 were $4.81 billion; slightly down on the $4.85 billion made in 2013. A new expansion for World Of Warcraft, Warlords Of Draenor, managed to drag subscribers for the evergreen MMORPG back above the 10 million mark.

Sony Online Entertainment, the developer behind MMO titles such as Everquest and the Guinness World Record breaking Planetside 2, has been sold to the New York investment firm Colombus Nova where it will be rebranded as Daybreak Game Company. Existing projects and new developments will be unaffected by the move, but it does mean that the studio could potentially port its games to Xbox and other platforms for the first time in its twenty year history.

Details of the sale come as Sony reported high profits for the Christmas quarter, raking in 89 billion Yen (£500 million) in profit – the Games & Network Services division (who control PlayStation) managed a tidy operating income of £155 million.

The latest Humble Bundle (where you pay what you want for a pre-selected collection of games with money going to charity) is arguably one of the strongest yet, offering a excellent selection of Star Wars titles. Paying the equivalent of $1 or more will get you the excellent Knights Of The Old Republic, Jedi Academy & Dark Forces, while paying over the current average of $11.46 will grant you Knights Of The Old Republic II, Republic Commando & Battlefront II with more games to come. Paying over $12 will unlock Empire At War and both of The Force Unleashed games.

As of writing, the bundle has raised over $3,300,000 for the US branch of UNICEF, making it one of the highest grossing bundles put together.

Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare managed to reclaim top spot on the UK Game Sales Charts this week, knocking Grand Theft Auto V down to second. Releases of Terraria on PS4 and Xbox One helped to propel the game fifteen places up the charts into 13th spot.

Top Ten For Week Ending 31st January 2015 (from GFK/Chart-Track)

1 – Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Sledgehammer Games)

2 – Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar North)

3 – FIFA 15 (EA Canada)

4 – Saints Row IV: Re-Elected (Deep Silver Voliton)

5 – Minecraft: Xbox Edition (4J Studios)

6 – Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft Montreal)

7 – Call Of Duty: Ghosts (Infinity Ward)

8 – Assassin’s Creed: Unity (Ubisoft Montreal)

9 – Minecraft: Playstation Edition (4J Studios)

10 – Destiny (Bungie)

And Finally…

Nintendo are allegedly working with Netflix to create a live-action TV series based on The Legend Of Zelda – which could be all kinds of awful. It would not be the first time the series has been adapted for television however; a 13-episode cartoon series ran in America for a couple of months in 1989, creating the well known and overused ‘Excuuuuuuse me, Princess!’ catchphrase in the process.

The rumor (reported on by the Wall Street Journal) suggests that it would be ‘Game Of Thrones for a family audience’; which seems like a hilariously oxymoronic description for a TV programme. One of the long running traditions of the series has been the fact the protagonist Link never speaks, which would surely be at odds with a live-action series – it would probably be best to take the reports with a pinch of salt for now.


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